Updated Nov 2, 2018
Yard waste will continue to be picked up through November. Please take your leaves to the curb in paper bags or marked yard waste bins on your regular trash pickup day. Do your best to store your empty containers neatly by your house/garage.
Oct. 29, 2018 Contact: Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167
October is Michigan’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month
LANSING, Mich. – With Gov. Rick Snyder proclaiming October as Michigan’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to be cybersecurity aware and prepared to fight tax-related identify theft.
Cybercriminals are consistently using new tricks and tactics online to obtain personal information so they can fraudulently file state income tax returns and claim refunds on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers. Often times, the taxpayer is already a victim of identity theft when a cybercriminal attempts to claim their state tax refund.
"Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated when impersonating taxpayers and attempting to steal millions of dollars in state tax refunds each year," said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, who oversees Treasury’s Tax Administration programs. "While Treasury has made progress in the fight against tax-related identify theft, taxpayers should always be aware of and prepare for possible scams when conducting business online."
To be cybersecurity aware and prepared to fight tax-related identity theft:
Only connect to the Internet over secure, password-protected networks.
Do not click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from individuals you don’t know.
If you are unsure of the email sender, type a website name by hand rather than clicking on an embedded link.
Do not respond to online requests for personally identifiable information. Most organizations—banks, universities, companies, Treasury—do not ask for your personal information over the Internet.
Limit who you share information with by reviewing the privacy settings of your social media accounts.
Trust your intuition. If you think an offer is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Password-protect all user accounts and devices that connect to the Internet.
Do not use the same password twice. Choose a password that means something to you and you only. Change your password on a regular basis.
If something seems suspicious, report it to the proper authorities.
Since 2016, Treasury's increased security measures protected more than 4,500 taxpayers who confirmed their identity was stolen and used to request state of Michigan refunds. This prevented more than $19 million from being distributed.
As an additional layer of taxpayer protection, Treasury also sends confirmation quiz letters to help prevent the loss of state tax refunds. Taxpayers should follow the directions if a confirmation quiz letter is received.
All water clients in St. Joseph Township get their water from St. Joseph, even in Fairplain.
I&M Power released the following scam warning on Monday:
Indiana Michigan Power is receiving reports that some customers have been called by someone falsely claiming to represent the company and asking for the customers’ Social Security numbers before their service will be restored following the Saturday windstorm.
This is false. I&M will reconnect service disrupted by the storm as soon as possible without the customers’ Social Security numbers. I&M will not ask for Social Security numbers related to calls about their disrupted service.
Customers who have any questions should call the Indiana Michigan Power Customer Service. Michigan customers should call 800-311-6424; Indiana customers should call 800-311-4634.
Call AEP at 800-311-4634
Reports of a Potential Scam in the Name of TurboVote
A couple of states have reported residents receiving phone calls impersonating the organization TurboVote to provide voter registration assistance and phish for voters personal information.
TurboVote does not register voters over the phone. Please see our website under ELECTIONS for information on registering to vote.
Recycling - The National Waste & Recycling Association has been sending out monthly updates on the state of the recycling markets and what other communities/areas are doing to keep up with the changes. Best Way reports that there have been a number of inquiries from customers who have watched news reports or have read an article(s) on China not accepting our recycling material. Best Way’s processors currently have been able to move the material, but at a lower price. The biggest problem processors are having is contamination of the single stream material and the extra expense to clean it up. Click here for more information.
St. Joseph Charter Township along with City of St. Joseph, City of Benton Harbor, Berrien and County and other businesses and interested parties are engaged in the Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Strategy. Opportunities for public input will occur at a series of meetings beginning in September. Click here for further information.
Come to Carronde Park and Play!
The new playground equipment has been installed!!! Because of the flooding in February of this year, our old playground equipment had to be replaced. Thanks to insurance we could replace it with this. Come out and play!
State of Michigan Contacts
At the July 2nd Board Meeting discussion occurred regarding changes in speed limit laws and posted speed limit signs. Residents were encouraged to contact state legislators to pursue a long term change in the laws affecting local speed limits. Click here for contact information for State legislators who serve our area.
Coyote Attacks on the Rise in Michigan
Michigan residents are reporting an increase in coyote attacks on small dogs. Coyotes are frequently seen in St. Joseph Charter Township. At home, keep your dog leashed or maintained within a fenced area. Never let your dog run free in Township parks or trails. Not only is this important for the safety of your pet but it is also a Township Ordinance.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises: Never approach, touch or intentionally feed a coyote. Remove outside food sources, especially pet foods and bird feeders. Put garbage out the morning of pickup. Clear out wood and brush piles, which are good habitats for rats and mice and may attract coyotes. Don’t allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present. Keep them indoors or go with them outside, especially at night. If you see a coyote, clap your hands, bang pots and pans, and make a lot noise to scare it away and let it know that this is your space.
Planning Commission Dates Changed
Due to the August 7th and November 6th elections the Planning Commission meetings for August and November will be rescheduled to August 14th and November 13th.
Yard Waste Pickup
Please put your yard waste at the curb on your normal trash pickup day. Yard waste should be in approved paper yard waste bags or "yard waste" marked trash cans. Sticks may be wrapped in bundles less than four feet long. Don't forget to bring your cans back to their storage spot next to your house or garage.
From State Senator John Proos
In the aftermath of the recent Florida school shooting, I am reminding students, parents and educators about Michigan’s OK2SAY hotline, a 24-hour confidential tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies. Attorney General Bill Schuette and the OK2SAY program have done a fantastic job in helping protect Southwest Michigan students and save lives by providing students with a safe and easy way to report threatening behavior. OK2SAY is the state’s most effective prevention-based reporting mechanism. It received more than 6,600 tips last year and has logged nearly 12,000 tips since it launched in 2014. OK2SAY is a confidential reporting system designed to allow Michigan students, parents, school employees, health officials and law enforcement officers to share and respond to safety threats. Students can report tips by calling 1-855-OK-2-SAY (65-2-729), texting a message to 652729, emailing email@example.com or filling out a form at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An app is also available in the app stores for iPhone and Android devices. I am proud that Michigan has already implemented a successful program to help Michigan students feel safe — and be safe — at school. I encourage all area schools to take steps to promote OK2SAY and raise student awareness about this proactive initiative.
Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCats) Long Range Transportation Plan
Click www.swmpc.org/survey.asp to participate in the study by taking a survey. There are three surveys: biking, walking, and driving on this site. When you fill out a short survey you will be registered to win a Meijer gift card!. The purpose of this study is to give a better understanding of how people travel in the Benton Harbor & St. Joseph area. Input will help guide future transportation improvements and investments.
Parks & Recreation Plan Update
STREET LIGHTS OUTAGES:
Report street light outages directly to Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634 or online via their website at https://www.indianamichiganpow.... You will be asked for the nearest cross street or street address and the pole number. The number is located on a metal tag about eye level on the street light pole. If you don’t have internet access, you may report street light outages to the police department at 429-6890.
Check out our Facebook page!
It's St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall. Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly. If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest posts for the township. You can also get information at St. Joseph Township Police Department, https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., or St. Joseph Township Fire Department's Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/sjctf..., or https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf....
Master Plan - St. Joseph Charter Township passed a big milestone July 10th when the Board of Trustees formally adopted the 2017 Master Plan. Many township residents as well as officials and staff contributed to preparation of the Master Plan with the guidance of Wightman and Associates. Michigan law requires that all municipalities that have zoning authority have a master land use plan and use it as the basis for zoning decisions. The plan should be reviewed every five years to make sure that it meets current needs. The master plan contains an implementation guide. Areas to be addressed include community/place, transportation/connectivity, natural areas/recreation, and economic development. Click here to view.
A new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Please feel free to review the updated documents below, and if you have any questions, contact the Township Clerk at (269) 429-7703.
Property Tax Information
Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com. Our information is listed under “St Joseph Charter Township”, "Click Here" under the Berrien county blue bar. Tax inquiries for property owners are free for any property that they own. All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each. You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information. Just follow the directions to set up your account. If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (269) 932-0269.
Updated Nov 2, 2018
Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting
Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly
Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)
Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.
2018 Dates the Office will be Closed
Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day
Friday, March 30th - Spring Holiday
Friday, May 25th & Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, July 4th - Fourth of July
Friday, August 31st & Monday, September 3th - Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, November 22rd & Friday, November 23th - Thanksgiving
Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th - Christmas
Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Year's Day